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Tolton golfer shatters state record, stays humble


You can find the name of one Columbia golfer in the history books, shattering a 15-year state record. Tolton's Audrey Rischer set a new best for a girls 18-hole round in Missouri, carding a 60 at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club.

However, she set more than one record on Sept. 8. Rischer broke her first one through the front nine holes after scoring a 29.

"As far as we know through MSHSAA records, no one has ever broken 30 before on a nine," Tolton golf coach Joe Bradley said. "She came into the nine, it was kind of another reachable par four, and was already seven under at that point. I think the only putt she missed the entire day that was within ten feet was her birdie putt on nine. She was just off the green, kind of chipped on and just missed that putt. She could have had a 28, so come on Audrey (laughs)."

Bradley said sometimes it can be difficult to keep that type of momentum going through the rest of the course. But, Rischer never slowed down. She obliterated the former state record by nine strokes.

"I actually didn't know at all," Rischer said. "I was like 'oh that's cool. Can't believe I did that.' But then everyone is coming up to me like, 'that's insane,' and honestly, it kind of sounds funny, but I didn't realize that it's such a big deal."

In fact, after the sophomore sank her putt to eagle on the 18th and final hole her only celebration came in the form of a small fist bump.

"Man, if I just made an eagle on 18 to shoot 60, I'd be doing cartwheels or somersaults around the green," Bradley said.

Bradley added that that reaction is true to who Rischer is.

"You can even see, you know, the way she reacts to birdies and stuff on the course, she is very humble," he said. "She's gotten a lot of attention from all of this, but I don't think it's gotten to her head too much."

Although Father Tolton still has to get through the rest of the season and districts, it's difficult to not to keep at least one eye on the state championship, which will be played at the very same club that Rischer first made history.

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Nathalie Jones

Nathalie anchors and reports sports for ABC17. She started working at the station in June 2020.


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